By Amn Tebogo E. Kekana, AD ASTRA Magazine
The AFB Waterkloof runway is being reconstructed because the
old one was not able to carry modern day aircraft. It was
starting to peel off so the Department of Public Works did a
revamp project analysis. The project kicked off on 16 July
2008 when the site was officially handed over to the Runway
Contractors Joint Venture. Dust, heaps of sand and big
building equipment is used for this huge project that will
see its final stage at the end of 2011 a success.
According to Brig Gen Sam Madumane (Officer Commanding, AFB
Waterkloof) “The project is divided into 4 main phases.
Currently the contractors are busy with Phase 1 (the main
runway), which will see its completion by July 2009. Phase 2
(the taxiways and the A400m hangers) will commence from July
and also include Phase 3. Additionally Phase 4 has
subsections, 1 and 2, which will be focusing on electrical
contract work on runway 0119 and electrical contract work on
taxiways, hardstand and runway 0624.
AFB Waterkloof had to move most of its Squadrons over to
Swartkop Airfield because of in-adequate space and 21
Squadron (VIP) had to be moved to Denel at the eastern side
of Oliver Thambo International Airport. This base however
seems to have big plans in their sleeves. Not only do they
envisage planting trees at the dumpsite that was created by
the then contractors, they also are adamant that they will
be ready to host AAD 2012.
Lt Gen Gagiano mentioned to AD ASTRA how impressed he is
with the developments as he personally went and checked them
out. “This is a huge project and I am proud of the amount of
work going into it in order to make it a success”.
The target date for entire project must be met, as the
contractors will be subjected to a penalty if they don’t
meet the deadline. Col S.F. Sillifant, (Project Manager) was
optimistic during an interview with AD ASTRA that so far
everything is running according to schedule.